The Payment Card Industry Professional is an individual, entry-level qualification in payment security information and provides you with the tools to build a secure payment environment and help your organization achieve PCI compliance. This renewable career qualification is not affected by changes in employment assignments and stays in effect as long as the individual continues to meet program requirements. This three-year credential also provides a great foundation for other PCI qualifications.
You are an information security/technology, compliance/risk/governance, audit/finance, e-commerce, or product development professional; or marketing or sales professional who develop or sell payments-oriented products.
“My PCIP status reassures my clients that not only do I have the requisite knowledge but my skills have been recognized by PCI SSC. The recertification requirements ensure that I keep my knowledge up to date rather than just pass once and cruise.”
“I felt that getting PCIP training directly from the PCI SSC would help me attain a thorough knowledge and understanding of the PCI DSS. I’ve been able to apply what I learned in multiple ways.”
“The PCIP qualification does a good job explaining the underlying implications and spirit of each requirement which some other compliance regulatory certifications tend to miss. I highly recommend the PCIP course.”
In addition to the eLearning format available 24/7, the Council's PCI Global Training Network (PGTN) provider will hold instructor-led classes in various locations worldwide.
If you have a group to train, please consider our Corporate Group Training instructor-led option, where an expert PCI instructor comes to your facility (or any location you choose) to deliver the course. We offer volume discounts - the more you train, the more you save! Please click below to learn more, or contact us now for a custom quote.Learn More Contact Us
This course outlines the PCI Standards and provides you with the tools to build a secure payments environment and help your organization achieve PCI compliance. Course highlights include:
How to Prepare
Prior to taking the PCIP training and/or exam, candidates should familiarize themselves with information regarding the PCI Standards and supporting documents by reviewing materials found in the document library on the PCI SSC website. Specifically, please thoroughly read the most current version of the PCI DSS.
PCI Professional (PCIP) course content is delivered in two formats:
This self-paced six-hour eLearning course offers:
You will receive a link to access the eLearning course. You will have 90 days from the day you receive the link to complete the course and take the exam. You will also receive a separate email from Pearson VUE with credentials and complete instructions on how to schedule your exam. You have 30 days from the conclusion of the course to take the exam.Apply Now
Engaging and effective, this one day of classroom-style instruction provides:
You have 30 days from the conclusion of the course to take the exam, for which you will also receive a separate email from Pearson VUE with credentials and complete instructions on how to schedule your exam.
If you choose the exam only option, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE and have 30 days from receipt of the email to schedule and complete the exam.
Students will take the qualification exam at a Pearson VUE Testing Center. Click here for listing of testing centers. The student will receive a voucher number to be redeemed in Pearson VUE's online registration system; testing location and time are selected by the student.
The student will have 90 minutes to complete a 60 question multiple choice exam at their chosen Pearson VUE Testing Center. The exam must be completed in one sitting and must be taken within 30 days of the candidate being given the information on how to schedule the exam. No electronic devices may be used during the exam. This is a closed book exam.
Should a candidate fail the exam the first time, s/he will be allowed to retake the exam up to three times (an exam retake fee will apply for each attempt). If the candidate fails three times, s/he will have to wait six months before re-applying – and will be strongly encouraged to take the PCIP training course.
Note: It is highly recommended that candidates take the optional PCIP eLearning or PGTN Instructor-Led Training course prior to taking the qualification exam.Request More Information Testing Center Locations
Candidates for PCIP qualification must have a minimum of two years relevant work experience in an IT or IT related role and must possess a base level of knowledge and awareness of information technology, network security and architecture, and the payment industry.
Internal Security Assessors (ISAs) and Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) in good standing may choose to add the individual PCIP qualification to recognize their already proven level of expertise. This accreditation is available to ISAs and QSAs through registration with PCI SSC. Once you register and pay the opt-in fee you will simply have to complete the online application which includes uploading a signed Attestation and agreeing to the Code of Professional Responsibility.
First, review the PCIP Qualification Requirements to confirm that you have the necessary experience and skillset to apply for this program.
Next, determine if you’ll be enrolling in the eLearning training course, an Instructor-Led Training (delivered by a PGTN provider), or if you’d prefer to just take the exam. Then complete the short registration form online. Once the registration is reviewed you will receive an invoice via email and when payment is received, you will receive your login credentials to complete the full PCIP online application.Apply Now
Please note: Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in US Dollars. All course fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. Payment is required prior to beginning the course. Course conducted in English. Examination delivered in English.
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In order to maintain the high standards set for this qualification, all PCIPs must requalify every three years to continue to maintain their status and be listed on the PCI website.
Requalification requirements help ensure that PCIPs remain current with technical and industry changes and demonstrate professionalism. To maintain active qualification status, PCIPs must: